Associations to the word «Puritan»


PURITAN, noun. (often disapproving): a puritanical person
PURITAN, adjective. (often disapproving): acting or behaving according to the Puritan morals (e.g. propagating modesty), especially with regard to pleasure, nudity and sex
PURITAN, noun. A member of a particular Protestant religious sect.
PURITAN WORK ETHIC, noun. Alternative name for Protestant work ethic.

Dictionary definition

PURITAN, noun. A member of a group of English Protestants who in the 16th and 17th centuries thought that the Protestant Reformation under Elizabeth was incomplete and advocated the simplification and regulation of forms of worship.
PURITAN, noun. Someone who adheres to strict religious principles; someone opposed to sensual pleasures.
PURITAN, noun. A person excessively concerned about propriety and decorum.

Wise words

Life has no meaning unless one lives it with a will, at least to the limit of one's will. Virtue, good, evil are nothing but words, unless one takes them apart in order to build something with them; they do not win their true meaning until one knows how to apply them.
Paul Gauguin